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Old 01-06-2011, 08:19 PM   #1
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black gnats ????


I have read many forums on gnats and their types in homes.
I have been dealing with a weird type of I guess you say it's in the gnat
family No red eyes it's ( black,) robust body wings as long as it's body clear,
four legs and measures 3 cm.
I can't seam to find an exact picture on the web. I looked at about six or seven types,
I have sprayed, bombed with commercial insecticides and used drain gel
I can't find the nesting area I have looked under the refrigerator defrost drip pan,
under the sink for any leaks around the dishwasher, I'm suspecting the hose from the dish washer to the disposal unit.also the coffee pot. cupboards
bath area none in bath seen here. They are in the kit and dinning rooms no plants in the house
i'm in Michigan 28 degrees out side.

My plan is to put plastic around refrigerator seal it, then around the stove seal it around the whole sink area.seal it then see which has a collection of buggers. perhaps then I will know the area or source . But i would like to identify them any hints?

sorry for the long topic
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Old 01-07-2011, 01:20 PM   #2
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Any insecticide treatment will only kill the adults; we need to work on the other end of the spectrum: breeding source, eggs/larvae, food sources, etc.

You've done a lot of investigating, which is good. However, the most important thing to do is to get a positive identification. That alone will tell us where these guys like to breed/live. There are a variety of species of small flies, and often they live/breed/eat in different environments, so knowing what you have will put us on the right track quicker.

Catch some specimens, live or dead, just not squashed. Here in Pa. I would take them to our county extension agent which is an extension of Penn State.


If you have an agency like that, good. If not, call around to pest control companies that will let you bring the specimens to them. That way you won't incur service calls, or feel obligated to hire them, especially in the event that you get a sales-oriented person as opposed to a problem solver. Again, solving fly problems, especially the smaller species, rarely requires or will respond to insecticides. Finding, cleaning, removing, etc is required and you can do this yourself. Keep us posted as you learn more.

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3 centimeters? Wow, big bugs!
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3 centimeters? Wow, big bugs!
Yes you are right a gnat 3 cm long would be hugh a sifi gnat.
I did mean to write 3 Millimeters ,

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Sorry; couldn't resist...

If you see the thread below entitled 'fruit flies' you'll see I've had similar troubles. I found that fly strips did the best job in lowering the population.

However, I've since had a resurgence in bugs that, while similar, I think they are smaller and have smaller wings than before. I'll have to redouble my efforts.
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